Overview of the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program
Established in 1994, the Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) is an EPA partnership program that works with the nation's pesticide-user community to promote Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices. PESP is guided by the principle that partnership programs complement the standards and decisions established by regulatory and registration actions. The informed actions of pesticide users can further reduce the risks from pests and pesticides by playing a major role in ensuring human health and environmental safety.
PESP members enjoy benefits that not only boost their own environmental stewardship efforts, but also enable them to promote their concern for the environment and society. PESP membership is open to all organizations and companies in the pesticide-user community with one exception: companies that primarily manufacture or market pest control chemicals or products. These organizations are generally not eligible for membership.
PESP members can access technical guidance, marketing materials, and annual reporting forms online.
PESP members are also encouraged to get involved in PESP initiatives, which currently include:
- IPM in Schools Program – aims to reduce the risk that pesticide exposure poses to children and school employees by promoting sensible applications of pesticides around schools.
- Landscaping Initiative – seeks to enhance the environmental, human health, and economic benefits associated with landscapes while reducing the need for pesticides, fertilizers, irrigation, and energy inputs by working in concert with nature.
- Tick IPM – seek to identify the most cost effective approaches to reduce tick encounters and incidence of tick borne diseases by collaborating with partners (federal, state, local government, NGOs, growers) that actively share experiences on pest prevention strategies.